The Sigma Beta Club, our youth auxiliary group
In 1950 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity became the first Greek organization to develop a youth auxiliary group. Under the direction of Dr. Parlette L. Moore the Sigma Beta Club was founded. Brother Moore was concerned about our changing needs in our communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth.
The Sigma Beta Clubs’ four major principles of focus are on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today’s society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce the effective leaders of tomorrow.
The Sigma Beta Club has launched the “Rise and Thunder” as the curriculum “framework” rather than a traditional day-to-day or even “paced” curriculum. As a result of this approach, it provides Sigma Beta Club advisors opportunities to operate according to a standardized set of shared values while retaining the ability to be locally innovative and relevant. This level of local autonomy allows Sigma Beta Club advisors and members the flexibility to address specific issues within their local communities and Clubs. The “framework” is directly connected to the four national initiatives (Education, Bigger and Better Business, Social Action & Childhood Obesity) of the National Sigma Beta Club Foundation. Sigma Beta Club members progress through the “framework” by working through five (5) benchmarks or levels of achievement that are connected to nine (9) core competencies. Activities implemented by Clubs will be aligned with one or more of these competencies in order for members to obtain the incentives aligned with each of the five (5) benchmarks. The aim is to provide incentives aligned with a set of core competencies so that all Sigma Beta Club members meet our standards and make growth towards becoming productive men and citizens.